As the construction world looks to fill the labor gap, Kreuzer mentioned some ways companies can improve the hiring process.

With summer just around the corner, individuals across thecountry can expect some big changes. Kids will be home from school,traffic will feel more congested than ever and vacation plans willbe made.

But summer also means big projects and a general boost inbusiness for construction companies. From homerenovations to demolition projects, the industry will have itshands full. Unfortunately, there is a shortage of hands in theworld of construction.

The Association of General Contractors found that 70% of construction firms reporthaving a hard time filling hourly craft positions that representthe bulk of the construction workforce. Hiring unqualified skilledlabors can result in an unsafe work environment and lead to majorexposures and liabilities. In fact, Travelers Constructionclaim data show that 52% of all workplace injuries occur in thefirst year of employment.

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Denny Jacob

Denny Jacob is an associate editor for NU PropertyCasualty360. Contact him at [email protected].